England’s game plan revealed on ABC Radio
ABC Radio has increased England’s embarrassment in the fourth Ashes Test by revealing the carefully prepared bowling plans provided for each Australian batsman.
The radio station claimed it was emailed the plans by a source and read them out on air just as England seemed at a loss about just how to end the stubborn 279-run partnership between Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds yesterday.
The plans were prepared by team analyst Mark Garaway as part of a video presentation on each Australian batsman which England study before the start of each Test.
They are then pinned on the board in the dressing room, where England claim the plans must have been taken from, although that account has been disputed by Australian media sources who believe they were found at the MCGbefore being emailed on to ABC Radio.
England’s bowlers were advised to work on Hayden’s ego by aiming to bowl dot balls and put an extra catcher on the edge of the pitch, a position the tourists persisted with throughout his superb innings of 153.
They were more successful with their strategy for Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who the plans claim, is vulnerable to pulling in front of square in the air early in his innings which was exactly how he fell to Andrew Flintoff in the seventh over of the day.
But their ideas for removing Andrew Symonds clearly still need development after he claimed his maiden Test century and engineered Australia’s stunning fightback.
The plans highlighted the best way to remove Symonds was through a bouncer, but despite numerous attempts to tempt him into hooking, Symonds was never drawn into the trap.